Bill Clinton is sick of accusations that he was being racially insensitive in downplaying Barack Obama’s South Carolina primary victory by comparing it to Jesse Jackson’s wins in the state two decades ago. He’s decided not to “take any shit” on the accusation any more, according to a new interview.
“I think that they played the race card on me. We now know, from memos from the campaign that they planned to do it along,” Clinton said Monday on Philadelphia’s WHYY radio.
Clinton’s more pointed observation came after the interview, when he didn’t realize the microphone was still on.
“I don’t think I should take any sh*t from anybody on that, do you?” Clinton is overheard asking someone else in the room.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported Clinton “bitterly believes that the Obama camp has portrayed him as a brutish and race-baiting campaigner.” According to the article, such animosity could get in the way of any “dream ticket” that would see Obama and Clinton teaming up.
This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast April 22, 2008.